Circle of Friends

circle of friends logoWhat is the Circle of Friends?

The Circle of Friends is a special group of Cinema Arts Centre members who engage in specific activities that will strengthen the Cinema and help us achieve our goals.  The Circle of Friends work directly with the Development Department, supporting many of the Cinema Arts Centre fundraising and membership activities, often through direct solicitation for contributions.
Activities include:
  • Helping to discover and solicit new prospects forCollage of Circle of Friends Members
    • Program and event sponsorship
    • Financial contributions
    • Membership
  • Helping to plan and implement special events by
    • Seeking sponsorship
    • Seeking auction and raffle prizes
    • Seeking donations of food and refreshments
  • Growing membership by
    • Calling lapsed members
    • Promoting the benefits of membership in our lobby
  • As-needed office support, mailing support, research support
    • Responding to requests via email to perform single tasks in the office or from home
Benefits to Circle of Friends Volunteers include:
  • General volunteer days (including meetings)*:
    • Free coffee/tea, soda, & popcorn
    • Employee pricing for anything else in the café
  • Special events volunteers (including planning, solicitation, and/or event night):
    • Two free movie passes (will be added to membership cards)
  • Membership promotion in cinema lobby:
    • A movie pass added to membership card for every shift of lobby work**
  • Annually:
    • Invitations to special events such as Circle of Friends Garden Party and Holiday Party

The Dr. Frank B. Siegel Memorial Service Award:

  • Each year at the Circle of Friends Garden Party, one volunteer is recognized for outstanding accomplishments with a special award named in memory of Dr. Frank B. Siegel


  • The Circle of Friends meets once each month excluding July and August, with a choice between an afternoon or evening meeting
*Cafe benefits only apply when volunteers are on site in a volunteer capacity.
**Passes are added to volunteer cards twice monthly; upper-level members already get free tickets so periodic special offers will be made
For more information, please contact René Bouchard, Director of Development at (631) 423-7610, ext. 18 or
Board Liaison to the Circle of Friends:  Stephen Fisch
Circle of Friends Volunteer Coordinator:  Peggy Hendrix
Joanne Anselmo
Debra Anwar Riad
Brian Atkins
Frank Barrett
Frances Casale
Scott Cohn
Ryan Derousseau
Jane DeStio
Lorraine Donlon
Christine Eidinoff
Barbara Fernandes
Bob & Shirley Frankum
Donna Galluccio
Judith Gardner
Elayne Gersten,
April Anne Goldson
Judi Green
Steve & Liz Holbreich
Joan Isaac
Emily Kasof
Cathy Katz
Susan Kramer
Randy Kromol
Jessica Ley
Lynda Morella
Lauren Paige
Vicki Peskin
Maryann Rettino
Lori Schneider
Diana and Roger Weaving
Maryann Yenoli
Circle of Friends Volunteer Coordinator Emeritus:  Brita Okin
Circle of Friends Volunteer Coordinator Emeritus:  Joan Girard, in loving memory
Members Emeritus: Charlotte Koons, in loving memory; Klava (Klara) Konovalova, in loving memory